The US Embassy issued an advisory to its citizens on Monday, December 10, warning of an increased threat of terrorist attacks across Afghanistan as of early December. The alert cited reports of increased militant activity and plans to conduct suicide bombings using vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) against Western and international targets, including compounds, hotels, international organizations, universities, or other locations frequently visited by US citizens. Embassy officials also warned of an increased threat of kidnapping and assassinations in Kabul.
Militants in Afghanistan have successfully launched attacks against international and Western targets in the past five years. Most recently, suspected Taliban fighters launched a complex attack on Camp Anjuman on November 28, resulting in the deaths of ten people and wounding 19 others. Other attacks since 2013 include the Intercontinental Hotel, Serena Hotel, Park Palace, and American University of Afghanistan.
Individuals in Afghanistan, particularly in Kabul, are advised to remain vigilant for militant activity and adhere to instructions and advice issued by their home government.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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